GRANDPA JIM'S PRAYER PAGE
Thank you for asking,
Karen. We are here ... after a rough weekend. Once again, we must ask for
our family's prayers.
Amy's daddy, Jim Brandenburg ... brother and best friend ... to my husband, Tom, Grandpa to Shayna & Austen - Zak & Matt,
uncle to Aaron, Cyrus, Rachel & Chelsea ... best friend to all of us ...
is in need of all the prayers you can muster.
This past Friday, Jim was admitted to the hospital complaining of
confusion and loss of peripheal vision in his left eye.
After CAT scans and a MRI, Jim was diagnosed with what the doctors think is
a malignant brain tumor.
The tumor is pressing on his optic nerve in the back of the right side of
The surgeon is going to be very aggressive with the tumor. He told Jim and
family that he is going for a cure NOT a remission.
The doctors scheduled Jim's surgery for 7:30 AM Wednesday AM. They sent
Jim home on Sunday since he is doing so well
after being admitted to the hospital. Amy has arranged for Erin Swain -
Inverness Aussies - to be Jim's anesthesia nurse!
Erin informed Amy that Jim has the very best surgeon.
So we are going to the hospital tomorrow with great hope and optimism for
Jim ... who is the one of the most generous people
you'll ever meet! Jim ... a hard working Thornapple who takes care of all of
Amy's doggies ... and horses ... almost every single
weekend while we travel to dog shows. Jim ... who built Amy's house ...
next door to his ... who puts up hay from his property for
Amy's horses ... who buys antique cars and boats for the kids to enjoy ...
Jim .. who cooks the VERY BEST TENDERLOIN CHOPS
on the grill ... in the whole wide world. Ask ANY Thornapple who has
enjoyed one of our cookouts! The pork tenderloins
don't get any better then Jim's!!!! We plan on Jim's yummy cooking for our
October dog show weekend and cookout!
Thank you to our most wonderful family!!!!! Love, Mother T
Hi Amy, We will be praying for your
sweet dad here in Denmark. He was so kind and
open hearted when we were visiting you and your dads home. Steffen and Erik
(my father in law), is still talking about all his fantastic cars and that
he gave the time to tell about them. You are lucky to have a father like
Jim. He will be in your life for many, many more years. I know that the
Thornapple family’s prayers will help.
Love and hug from Steffen, Erik (steffen’s dad), Diablo and Bitta
Hi Amy, I am SHOCKED ... please
please please give my LOVE to your Dad. He is the sweetest of men ...
tell him he has to be well enough to cook me my pork rib when I come next
year its tradition !!!! No one cooks pork like your Dad...!!!
My thoughts & prayers will be with him tomorrow and with you too Amy .. take
care and will anxiously await news of your Dad tomorrow
With much love, Jayne Spitty Lorenzo Grouchie & Shelby xx
Dear Amy, You and your Dad our
in our prayers. Please keep us posted on his
progress. Love, Karen
Amy and Ellen: I am saddened to
hear about Jim. I can't imagine what you are going through!
You are in my thoughts and prayers always.
Yesterday, when I was trying to get organized (which is hard for me to do...lol),
I came across this card that someone sent me when my father was ill. I am
not an overly religious person,
but I do have faith in God, Jesus, and the power of prayer. I thought this
might help you during this difficult time.
"Every one of us can be the recipient of God's healing touch for all of our
emotional, physical, or spiritual problems.
First, however, we must have faith. Faith is the unshakable certainty deep
within our heart. It knows beyond all doubt
that each and every one of us is very important to God. It knows that God
truly cares what happens in our lives. When we then, in faith,
ask God to heal our pain, God will hear. As our loving Father who wants to
give all good things, God will answer. God will heal."
I will call our church today to ask that Jim be put on the prayer list today
instead of waiting until Sunday.
God bless you all and please keep us updated on Jim. Love to all, Mary
Ellen and Amy: Just wanted to
let you know that I just added Jim to the prayer list at church.
This prayer list doesn't only include our church, but several other
churches in the community.
I think it reaches close to 5,000 people. I just wanted to let you know
that the California contention is pulling for Jim.
Hang in there, Amy. I know how difficult it must be for all of you.
Ellen, my mail is coming through very
haphazardly, and I didn't receive your
original email, which Di has answered, which arrived with your original
I was so sorry to hear of Jim's problem, and you and your family, and Amy
and her family, are in our thoughts, and we are pulling for Jim to come
through this surgery, with flying colours - our thoughts and prayers are
with you all. We have no doubt that he will once again be playing
Bluegrass Blues in the near future. Love and hugs, Phyl and Harold
Jim and your entire family is in our
prayers as well. We hope for a
speedy recovery! Ami and Jordan
Hi Ellen! I will certainly have Jim
on my prayers...I am confident he will have a great recovery!
Laura and I sent our prayers and
hopes to Amy and her family as well as to Ellen,Tom and family....
We will light a candle...Janet and Laura
Dear Ellen and Amy, our thoughts are
with you and your family!!!!! Please keep us posted and we
are thinking of you today and hope the surgeon will be able to remove the
tumor so that Jim will recover completely!!!! Love, Bianca
Oh, no!!!! We all pray for Jim, we
know he will be full recover!!!
Our thoughts and prayers are going to Jim and Amy with families!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi Ellen, Please give Jim my best
wishes for a speedy and TOTAL recovery. I expect to
see him again when I return to visit next year some time. I will certainly
keep him in my prayers. Love to you all
AMY!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM CRYING SO
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE HAS TO BE OK!!!
WE ARE PRAYING HERE FOR HIM, Kathryn Ross- Nash
Amy, You have all our thoughts and
prayers for the quick recovery of your Dad.
Have faith and think positive. This will help fighting the disease!
God bless you all Warmest regards and beijos, Marcia B.
Dear Amy and Ellen: I wanted to
let you know that I have sent a prayer petition for Jim to Lourdes-France.
Did you ever hear the story about Bernadette who saw, on several
occasions, the Virgin Mary?
I am not Catholic, but I loved the story and the history behind the life of
My mother and father used to live in France and went to Lourdes and said it
was such a mystical place.
A lot of people have been cured from different afflictions. I try to send
prayer petitions to Lourdes when someone is ill.
I hope you don't think I'm some religious fanatic...I am not, but since the
death of my mother and my father's heart attack
the power of prayer has changed my life. So many people have prayed for me
and my family that I want to do the same for others who need prayers.
Keep me posted and take care of yourselves. Love, Mary
Hi Ellen and Amy, Thank you for letting
us know this good news!!! We keep sending positive
thoughts your way for a full recovery!! Love, Bianca
Hi Ellen/Amy, That is great news about
Jim's surgery! We are praying and thinking about
Jim and the family all the time. All our love from all in South
What great news that he made it through
the surgery with no problems.
We are still praying for him and all of your family. Love, Karen
Hi Ellen & Amy, Since
I am Catholic I will offer a mass for your dad, Amy, and your entire family
that they may find peace to endure what you are going through. Also a
complete recovery. Betsy
We are praying so hard
here ... Kathryn Ross- Nash
Hi Ellen and Amy
and the Thornapple Family,
We are so happy to hear that your dad came through the surgery so well,
not surprising as he is a very strong and wonderful man.
We will continue to pray for his speedy recovery, and will watch for
updates on his progress.
Please extend our well wishes to him from the Northbay Family.
Take Care, Heather, Brian, Courtney, Kendall and Clint Jacob Herron
and Amy - I know you don't know me very well but my thoughts
are with you and your families at this time.
May his recovery be speedy. Amy Hiscock and the Catera Crew.
Amy!!!!!! I can’t find words for that way I feel right now.
– I am just sitting here with tears in my eyes. Jim is one of the
I know that i am VERY far away, but if there is
anything I can do to
– you just mail me!!!! Please!!! I am feeling so helpless sitting
here in Denmark
when Amy and her family are having the worst time in there life……
Please give Amy the biggest hug from Steffen and me!!!! Take
and love, Bitta
Hi all, just read the news
about Amy's dad, and want you all to know that we
are thinking about you and are sending a few prayers your way.
sounds like a true gem and we wish him a full and speedy
Don't worry about emailing back, we know you must all be very
concerned. Just know you are in our thoughts.
Your friends up north, The Wargins
Ed, Kathy-jo, Jake, Lena and Ranger
I have just had a spare few
minutes and have been catching up with all that is
Thornapple on the website.
I have to say that you have all been through the mill
lately........ I hope that Jim is making a fantastic
I have never had the good fortune to meet him but from what
people have said he sounds like a truly fantastic person.
I sincerely hope that the remainder of 2006 brings you good
health, happiness and good fortune for all of you.
Love and very best wishes, Sarah & all the Armatan gang XX
I just wanted you to know
that I will be praying for Jim. I was happy to read the
Jim has had prayers from all over the world. He must be a
wonderful man. Everyone should have a Jim in their family.
Hi Amy: Joy...really really great news. I know how worried you've been and I know
this is just a great relief for you and all of your family. It's amazing
That is such wonderful news about your dad. It makes me just cry with
how the power of prayer works .. and I know you had lots and lots of them
your way and to your dad. I'm just so happy about the news. It's
wonderful. Take care. Laura
OH WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I
am just reading this Amy! What an amazing man
Jim is! I hope that he continues with a strong outlook and he is very
lucky to have such a supportive family! I will keep him in my
thoughts to remain on the mend and to beat those odds even more! Ami
Amy, So glad with the
wonderful news! God blesses your wonderful family with his Love.
I am so happy to hear this news! Your dad has been in my thoughts many
times. I hope he keeps progressing the way he has up until now. Positive
thoughts is what he needs, I'm sure the holiday will have helped him too!
What wonderful news!!!! I am so elated for you and your family. The
power of prayer is truly amazing. I'm familiar with Cantron.
I gave it to my Callie along with a number of other homeopathic remedies
when we were fighting her nasal tumor. Love, Karen
Dear Amy: What wonderful
news! Your dad is in my prayers DAILY and he remains on our church prayer
As I have stated before, I firmly believe in the power of prayer. I have
seen the results time and time again.
I'm know you and your family are elated with the news. Thank you so much for
the update. Love, Mary
What a BLESSING. DIVINE
INTERVENTION AT WORK!!!!!!!!!
Hugs to you, Amy, and all your family:)))))) Continued Prayers, Betsy
We are so happy about the
wonderful news about your father!!!!!! We think about him very often!
This is the most fantastic
news of all time!!! I am sooo happy for you all! Modern medicine helps,
but no one can deny this family's power of prayer!! I will continue to
pray for a complete recovery!!
Please keep the good news coming! Brenda Albrecht, Brenlee Australian
Hi Amy, That is such wonderful
news about your dad. I am so happy for you all.
Take Care. Marie Ekholm, Finland -- Kennel Gun Lake
Hi Amy!!! Please send your dad
lots of hugs and me and his Zeus wish he continues to do so well!!! Keep in
Manoella, Zeus and Julian
What GREAT news!!!!! Nothing
beats prayer and PMA (positive mental
attitudes)!!!!!! Give Grandpa Jim a big hug from us. Candy and Erika